Springfield Housing Authority

60 Congress St
Springfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts 1101

Springfield Housing Authority is a housing authority that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs. As of December 4th, 2021, Springfield Housing Authority has 1 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

Springfield Housing Authority serves Springfield.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting List Status
Massachusetts Housing Choice Voucher Centralized Open Until Further Notice
Springfield Housing Authority Public Housing Open Until Further Notice

Open Springfield Housing Authority Waiting Lists

During the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, some waiting list openings may be postponed until further notice. Application methods may change, as well. Visit the housing authority's website for the latest on its current operations, if one is available. If there is no information online, you can contact the housing authority directly. Office operations may be different from usual, and it may take days or weeks to get a response.

Springfield Housing Authority Website: http://shamass.org/.

Springfield Housing Authority Phone: (413) 785-4513.

Open Until Further Notice: Massachusetts Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List

This housing authority participates in the Massachusetts Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Centralized Waiting List, which is a partnership between 101 of the 131 housing authorities in Massachusetts. Applicants submit one application to apply to a centralized waiting list. Selected applicants will be placed on the centralized waiting list, and will be under consideration for every participating housing authority.

The Massachusetts Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Centralized Waiting List is currently open.

This housing authority is accepting Section 8 HCV applications for this waiting list from January 6, 2003, until further notice.

There are three ways to apply during the opening period:

  1. Complete the online application here
  2. Download and print the application online here. Click the link titled "Preliminary Application" in your native language.
  3. Contact a participating housing authority request an application by mail. Participating housing authority contact information can be found here.

Once the paper application has been completed, it can be mailed or hand delivered to any participating housing authority. Participating housing authority address information can be found here.

Income limit information can be found here.

The waiting list will be sorted differently by each housing authority according to its own preferences.

Participating housing authorities may have any of the following preferences: Activated military personnel to Persian Gulf; Board of Health condemnation; Disabled; Displaced by hate crime or reprisal, Displaced by landlord non-renewal; Displaced by natural disaster;  Displaced by public action; Displaced by domestic violence; Elderly (62+); Near elderly (55+); Extremely low income; Health disability affecting housing need; Homeless; Participant in Metro Program in Wayland school; Rent burdened 50% of income; Rent burdened 40% of income; one-person family; substandard housing; tenants of Project-Based units; clients for Project-Based units; Veteran; Working. Further explanation of each preference can be found here.

Selected applicants will be placed on the waiting list by date and time the application has been received, by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the website here, call the office at 1 (877) 868-0040, or contact a participating housing authority listed here.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via 1-877-868-0040.

Last Updated on 11/16/2021.

Open Until Further Notice: Public Housing Waiting List

Please Note: Due to the decentralized nature of affordable housing information, the information about this waiting list may be out of date.

How To Apply to the Waiting List
The Springfield Housing Authority (SHA) is currently accepting public housing waiting list applications for families and senior/disabled individuals.

Please note: Only the four bedroom units have an open waiting list for families.

The SHA offers 10 public housing communities with 1,806 units for families and senior/disabled individuals.

To apply, download the application here, then print and complete.

Once the application has been completed, it must be mailed to 35 A Saab Ct., P.O. Box 1609, Springfield, MA 01101.

Be sure to include copies of these documents with your application: birth certificates, social security cards, proof of all income, verification of assets, and photo IDs for all adult household members.

The SHA does have a preference point system that may improve your spot on the waiting list:  Live and/or work in Springfield.

More information can be found by visiting the SHA website at http://shamass.org or by calling 413-785-4517 between the hours of 9:00 am and 3:00 pm Monday-Tuesday and Thursday-Friday.
Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via 4137854513.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 06/19/2015.

About Springfield Housing Authority

More information about Springfield Housing Authority can be found on its website at http://shamass.org/.

Representatives of Springfield Housing Authority may be available by phone at (413) 785-4513. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 12/04/2021, it is not known if Springfield Housing Authority is either absorbing or billing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher portability requests for porting in. Learn more about porting Housing Choice Vouchers to a new area here.


About the Springfield Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Springfield Housing Authority manages 3,042 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each as of September 30th, 2021:

Standard Homeownership Tenant Protection Ported Out Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 2,221 26 303 77 55
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $711 $700 $992 $847 $653
Monthly Cost $1,580,197 $18,201 $300,505 $65,222 $35,913

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Springfield Housing Authority

Waiting List and Tenancy

According to the 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households database, the housing authority's voucher program has an annual turnover of 4% having issued approximately 670 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 11 years and 1 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 39 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.4 persons and has a household income of $15,736 per year. 97% of households were very low income (VLI) and 78% were extremely low income (ELI). 32% of households had wages as a major source of income, 5% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 61% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

1% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 57% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 25% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 17% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 1% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

47% of households included children, 4% of which had two adults in the household. 45% of households with children have a female head of household. 86% of all households were headed by a female.

93% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 20% of all heads of households being Black and 1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Springfield Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 33% include at least one person with a disability. 45% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 94% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

25% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 36% with 2 bedrooms and 39% with 3 or more bedrooms. 18% of voucher recipients are considered overhoused, meaning they occupy a rental unit larger than their family size requires.

Rent, Assistance, and Utility Allowances

The average monthly tenant contribution to rent by Springfield Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $406 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $659. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $189.



1. This Picture of Subsidized Households data field is the average wait time of those who received a voucher in the preceding 12 months. Due to special voucher programs like VASH, recent waiting list purges, or waiting list preferences the average wait time can vary significantly from one year to the next and it is entirely possible many current applicants on the waiting list have been waiting for assistance for far longer.


Public Housing Apartments Operated by Springfield Housing Authority

Riverview Apartments

120 Clyde St
Springfield, Massachusetts

Stephen J Collins Apartments

17 Saab Ct
Springfield, Massachusetts

John L Sullivan Apartments

31 Morgan St
Springfield, Massachusetts

Moxon Apartments

425 Central St
Springfield, Massachusetts

Christopher Court

112 Marble St
Springfield, Massachusetts

Johnny Appleseed Apartments

500 Hancock St
Springfield, Massachusetts

Pine - Renee Apartments

151 Sherman St
Springfield, Massachusetts

Reed Village

39 Aster St
Springfield, Massachusetts

John I. Robinson Gardens

1434 Bay St
Springfield, Massachusetts

John J. Duggan Park

399 Goodwin St
Springfield, Massachusetts

Low Income Housing Managed by Springfield Housing Authority

Springfield Housing Authority AMP

129 KING ST
Springfield, Massachusetts